by Sam Juliano
We have crossed the October threshold and with that some serious progress into what is traditionally the most rewarding span for all the arts. The award worthy film season has now commenced, though for this viewer the best stuff has yet to surface. Halloween watchers are now in their glory and horror film aficionados (including Yours Truly) are again visiting the genre with remewed abandon. The prevailing colors are normally orange and brown, but so far the summer season has refused to clear out completely.
The long-running Top 100 Science Fiction Countdown is down to its final three weeks, and all things considered it has done reasonably well. In every barometer of measurement it can’t hold a candle to the musical, comedy and romance genre polls, but by way of the quality of writing it is right there. The site’s overwhelming tragedy has cast a pall over the proceedings, but we are working our way tail up to the finish line. After studied deliberation I have decided to launch the 2016 installment of the Caldecott Medal Contender series earlier than usual, opting not to wait for the end of the science fiction countdown. The first post went up mid week, and there will be several more before October ends. The series of course will run until the awards are announced in late January, but I am unsure at this point how many essays it will involve.
Lucille and I saw two films in the theaters this week, both new releases:
Queen of Katwe *** 1/2 (Saturday night) Edgewater multiplex
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children ** 1/2 (Sunday night) Edgewater
The at-home horror viewing includes re-viewings of favorites, three of which are Amicus anthologies:
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake **** (1959)
Voodoo Island * 1/2 (1957)
Dungeons of Harrow ** 1/2 (1962)
The House That Dripped Blood *** 1/2 (1971)
Torture Garden *** 1/2 (1967)
From Beyond the Grave *** 1/2 (1975)